Free Children's Ministry Curriculum Written
by Sheryl Coats
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Celebration Medical Centre
Celebration City Courthouse
Welcome to the Celebration Medical Centre.
The set: set up the room like an emergency
This week: We will discover that we need to seek Jesus.
To teach the children that:
It sometimes seems to get old to review the rules
week after week, but it is very important to do it anyways. Holidays
often get the best of kids and the excitement can cause a bit of chaos.
It is very important to reinforce the rules and remind the kids of what
is expected of them.
Remember to spend time in prayer this week for the
children in our service. God is able to do great and powerful things
when we seek his face. God has great things in store for us this week.
Have you been faithful to seek his anointing and leading? Be prepared
to pray with the kids around the alter. This may be the week that a
child gives their heart to Jesus.
Characters needed: Three stooge doctors, a patient, and Bobo
The crazy doctors are looking for something. One is
trying to find it with a stethoscope; listening to everything. Another
is trying to find it with a thermometer. The third one is getting
frustrated with them for their stupidity. This should resemble a three
stooges skit. This should introduce the idea that we all are seeking
something and wise men seek God.
You will need a note that says there is a treat
waiting for the group in a certain location and wrap it in numerous
layers of wrapping paper. Have the children sit in a circle (if you have
a large group you might want to have several circles and gifts). Tell
the children they will be pretending to be doctors. The patient (the
gift) will be passed around the circle. When the leader yells operate,
the child holding the gift must remove one of the wrappers and then
continue to pass the patient around until the last wrapper is removed.
You will need a large table, a large white sheet,
and some way to rig the sheets up so that it is tight between two stable
objects. This will be a silhouette operation. Set up the table (which is
the operating table) in the front of the room. Find a way to have the
sheet drawn tight in front of the table. It is important that the sheet
be tight to make a clear silhouette. It should extend about two and a
half feet above the table so that the patient is seen only in silhouette
form. Rig up a light to shine on the sheet so that a silhouette is
created. The doctor is to stand behind the patient (the upper portion of
your body and head will be visible to the children) and "operate".. The
doctor will be performing a heart operation for a patient who is
experiencing heart problems. In his heart the doctor finds objects such
as footballs, toys, candy, money, radios, CDs, stuffed animals,
etc...any thing that a child might give their time to. The point here is
that if we seek to fill our hearts with worldly things we end up with no
room for Jesus.
You will need a large refrigerator box with a large
heart painted or glued on it. Write the memory verse on index cards.
Tape each piece inside the box. Call volunteers to go in and pick a
piece of the verse. They are to remain in there until there are no
pieces left. (You want it to be very crowded with no room for another
child to squeeze in) Ask the last child "you mean there is no room left
for you in there? Can't you squeeze in?" Have the kids come out and
assemble themselves in the proper order and teach the kids the verse.
(This reinforces the previous skit...you need to make sure the first
thing you put in your heart is Jesus)
(Bobo is jubilant and excited backstage)
Bobo: (comes up with a new toy that is very breakable.) Look
what I got! Why, have you ever seen anything so wonderful. Nothing in
the world compares with this fantastic toy.
Leader: Well, it is a nice toy, but I wouldn't say it is the
greatest thing ever.
Bobo: What in the world are you talking about?!?!?!?! Are you
crazy or something? These are all the rage.
Leader: There are other things that are far greater than your
new toy Bobo.
Bobo: EMERGENCY! EMERGENCY! Somebody call a doctor!!! This
woman must have a concussion or something.
Leader: Oh Bobo, I do not need a doctor. I am just fine. I
just happen to know that there are things that are far greater than a
new toy...any new toy.
Bobo: You're bonkers, even bonkier than those crazy doctors
that were here this morning.
Leader: Bobo, have you ever heard the story about a baby who
was born in a manger nearly 2000 years ago?
Bobo: (sounding excited and happy now) Oh yeah, I know that
story. It is the story about Jesus, God's son and how he came to earth
as a baby. Oh I just love that story.
Leader: That is right Bobo. God sent his only son to earth to
live a sinless life and then die for our sins so we could have a way to
be forgiven of our sins.
Bobo: I guess your point here is that this toy doesn't even
compare to the gift of Jesus right?
Leader: You catch on pretty quick Bobo. The greatest gift ever
given was the gift of God's son.
Bobo: That is a pretty incredible gift. Without it we would
not be able to go to heaven. This toy seems pretty pathetic now. I am so
Leader: Christmas is time to remember and celebrate the birth
of our saviour.
Bobo: I am so glad you took the boogers off my brain.
Leader: OH Bobo. That is disgusting.
Bobo: Sorry. How about " I am so glad you put my feet on the
Leader: Much better. Well, Bobo, we need to get back to our
lesson. I am glad I helped you out.
Bobo: bye everyone.
You will need a stethoscope. The crazy doctors
listen to each others hearts and are going bonkers about someone being
inside knocking. The leader can then tell them that what they are
hearing is the heart valves opening and closing as the blood flows
through the heart. The leader can draw the parallel of the heart valves
being like doors. We need to be wise about who we let into our heart
just as we would be cautious about who we would let into our homes.
Tell the story of the wise men seeking Jesus and
all they must have sacrificed to reach him.
You will need a bowl, rice, and three balls. Begin
by asking the kids about something's they enjoy. As they list a few begin
pouring rice in the bowl. Next hold up the three balls. Tell the kids
these balls represent God. Try putting the ball in the bowl; it won't
fit. Now pour the rice out and put God in the bowl. Explain to the kids
that when you put God in first you can now put in rice and it will fit.
( the rice and balls should fit in the bowl as long as the balls are put
in first) As long as God is first there is still room for all the things
we enjoy. God is the most important thing in our lives. He needs to be
first. It is easy at Christmas to put other things before God. It is
easy to fill our lives with so many other things that we don't have room
What are you seeking?
Copyright 1998, Sheryl Coats